Medical Center, Doctors Hospital make Georgia Hospital Association's honor roll

Two Columbus hospitals have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality Honor Roll.

The Medical Center and Doctors Hospital, both operated by Columbus Regional Healthcare System, were two of 51 hospitals across the state to make the honor roll’s presidential category — one of the highest on the list.

The list is based on data collected throughout 2009 and provided by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. All acute care hospitals have to submit care data to CMS, which administers the country’s Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The data shows how well a hospital’s staff follows eight appropriate care measures, which are known to be the most effective treatment methods for patients who have experienced heart failure, heart attacks or pneumonia. The measures help determine whether a patient received the appropriate care at the right time.

“This is a great accomplishment for both The Medical Center and Doctors Hospital,” Joseph Parker, GHA president, said in a statement. “This recognition further underscores the commitment of the staff at both hospitals to ensuring that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible.”